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  1. Anarcissie commented on Tom the Dancing Bug 2 months ago

    Science is open to god-theories, if they can be backed up by repeatable observation and reason. However, the god(s) science came up with might not be one’s favorite version. If there is evil in the world, for instance, and we posit an omnipotent creator, the only rational explanation is that the creator is at least partially evil. If, on the other hand, we try to get out of this problem by proposing a capital-G God who is beyond human understanding, as in the Book of Job, then we are by definition off scientific turf.

  2. Anarcissie commented on Ted Rall 2 months ago

    Sigh. Socialism is the ownership and control of the means of production by the workers. There are no socialist states on earth, and as far as I know, haven’t ever been any. The USSR was not socialist; it was centrally controlled and run by an elite who did the effective owning and controlling, and like other capitalists, lived by exploiting labor and other resources and manufacturing consent through propaganda. Rall has simply pointed out the Welfarist, Bismarckian two-step which keeps Western capitalism going.

  3. Anarcissie commented on Ted Rall 3 months ago

    Obama can’t pass any laws. He’s not a legislature.

    As for lingering, Amazon must be shipping tons of porn babes, lolcatz, and doges. I’d like to see the warehouses these days.

  4. Anarcissie commented on Ted Rall 3 months ago

    If weed makes people passive, how come there was so much public dissent and uproar in the 1960s, when it first became popular among White folks?

  5. Anarcissie commented on Ted Rall 3 months ago

    If weed makes people passive, how come there was so much public dissent and uproar in the 1960s, when it first became popular among White folks?

  6. Anarcissie commented on Tom the Dancing Bug 6 months ago

    That was done a long time ago. You know who Santa Claus really is, don’t you?

  7. Anarcissie commented on Tom the Dancing Bug 6 months ago

    Especially one led by a Kenyan Muslim Socialist!

  8. Anarcissie commented on Ted Rall 6 months ago

    I am responding only to the contention that the malfunctioning of the present ACA system is something remarkable or unusual. The argument that the external functionality of the system was badly designed, or that the whole system shouldn’t exist at all, are different issues. Given they were going to do the ACA, which was the best the social-democratic majority of the U.S. could get under the political circumstances, and given the number of influential stakeholders, and given that the Administration is strongly attached to the financial and insurance industries, it’s a miracle that it exists and works at all. Computers, no matter how cleverly programmed, cannot solve fundamental political and social problems.

  9. Anarcissie commented on Ted Rall 6 months ago

    Over most of the last 40 years or so, I made my living by working on large computer projects as an engineer and lower-level manager. The ACA’s signup system is actually above average in that category in that it hasn’t failed completely. It looks to me like it might actually function properly by the drop-dead date, which is almost miraculous. The reason you haven’t heard about private-industry failures is that they can be washed out quietly and completely, leaving no traces behind except for those who pay attention, which of course you don’t. This is a public project affecting millions of people and the implementation is in part a whipping boy for non-technical political passions and concerns, so it can’t be just wiped out when it fails.

    The problems could be expected. Americans, with their ’Let’s just do it’ philosophy, find it very difficult to plan, manage, and test large systems, especially the last. I’m reminded of the cartoon where the programming manager says to his team, ‘You guys start coding. I’ll go down and find out what they want.’ It’s fun, but it doesn’t work on the big stuff.

  10. Anarcissie commented on Tom the Dancing Bug 7 months ago

    Oh, dear, more of the hate-Putin hate-Russia thing. Not that there aren’t reasons, but still.